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The Path of Thorns - a 30K hobby log

30K HERESY HORUS HERESY SPACE WOLVES ultramarines

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Morngrym

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Hello everyone,
Although I've been around for quite awhile I feel that this thread needs a bit of an introduction.
Feel free to skip this part if you are in a rush.  smile.png
 
At one point in time it was my intention to craft a sweeping narrative, with new models being completed and added to the mix on a regular basis, all part of a cohesive theme.  This was inspired by some of the older threads I loved like A Lesser Son of Greater Fathers and Among the Red Stones of Pallas.  These are a couple of the many creative people here at B&C who have impressed me over the years because they have combined narrative and painting so well.
 
However, I eventually came to the realization that I would not be able to accomplish a task of that scope, so I did the worst thing that one can do in that situation...nothing at all.  Oh, I was still painting occasionally at my normal, glacial pace, but not sharing anything.  
 
To muddy the water further, I don't play 30K (or 40K), so I don't need an entire army from a single legion.  I'm only involved with the books and building/painting aspects of the hobby.  Thus, mine tends to be a meandering journey and as such, time has passed.
 
I would like to get more involved now - with that in mind, this hobby log will serve as a singular place for posting whatever Heresy-era creations that I am working on at the moment.  A few of these will include small pieces of narritive, but I don't envision there being any type of ongoing story involved.  At this point, based on what I have in my plan, I think it will mostly be Wolves and Ultramarines, along with single models from other legions added to the mix along the way.
Comments/feedback are always welcome as I post things.
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I've always had an affinity for the Wolves.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but the images and general feeling of this Legion seem to speak to me in a real-world sense.  There is a thread of something here that runs through our history, woven through the ages and darkest nights.
 
It is that slight movement 
just beyond the light of the campfire.
that strange sound in the night.
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Snow and wind and winter's grip 
when the very elements seem to conspire against us.
Cold stone and steel.
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A harsh, tough life.
moved by the weather and seasons.
Ours in some distant memory.
Echoes of our shared history.
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This is where the Wolves thrive.
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These are my next couple models currently in progress.  One will be a grey hunter, with MK III armor, shield and axe.  This one will take me some time to paint to the point where I am satisfied.  The second is wearing MK IV armor and could also be a grey hunter, but I'm picturing him more as a sergeant for a tactical squad at this point.  I guess I will see how it goes.
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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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This one is complete.  I'm starting a process with the this model and next few after this where I'm exploring some color and style variations.  I'm still working out the details of how I want this overall force of Space Wolves to look, so I believe this will be time well spent.  Once I am able to see the actual results of a few things it should help me to decide on a final mix of colors/bits that will then be used from that point forward.  I want those models to have a unified appearance and theme.
 
With this one I used the Forgeworld resin pad on the left shoulder - there are some things I like about that look, but I may be leaning towards using normal MK III pads and transfers as my standard.  I'm not sure yet on that.

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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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Next Marine is finished - also including a couple photos of these two together.

 

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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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Can’t believe I’ve missed this for the past month.

The Wolves look fantastic, brother. Brutal, and yet restrained at the same time.

Don’t worry about glacial progress, all I’ve painted this year is a handful of Inceptors.

Any specific plans moving forwards?
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Very nice, I like those a lot. The little weathering touchs work well.



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Excellent work so far!! Really like the color scheme of the armor!


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How do you do all those tiny, tiny spikes on the shoulder pads? ohmy.png


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Can’t believe I’ve missed this for the past month.

The Wolves look fantastic, brother. Brutal, and yet restrained at the same time.

Don’t worry about glacial progress, all I’ve painted this year is a handful of Inceptors.

Any specific plans moving forwards?

 

Thanks for the comments Valdr! 

As far as plans go, I'm going to move towards finishing this five-man tactical squad, so I have 3 more to go in that regard.  However, as usual, it won't be a direct journey.  msn-wink.gif  I have my first Grey Hunter on the hobby desk and he will probably be the next one finished, then back to this squad.  We will see though!


"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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Very nice, I like those a lot. The little weathering touchs work well.

 

Thanks, I'm trying to give them a rugged look without going overboard.

 

 

Excellent work so far!! Really like the color scheme of the armor!

 

Appreciated brother!

 

 

How do you do all those tiny, tiny spikes on the shoulder pads? ohmy.png

 

These are custom pads from a seller called "Master Crafted Miniatures", so the spikes are just part of the cast.

They have a few different styles, but I thought this pattern suited the wolves best.  


"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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I’m finishing up a couple sets of shoulder pads here for future marines.  The Forgeworld transfer sheet really has some incredible designs.  In general, transfers take some patience, but I like the result.  I have some more in progress on the hobby desk and will share once those are finished.

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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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Hey Morngrym I'm liking your wolves, really nice and weathered. I'm glad your making use of the FW transfers too! I'm really impressed with the details FW have provided on them throughout the range.

Looking forward to seeing more!
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Hey Morngrym I'm liking your wolves, really nice and weathered. I'm glad your making use of the FW transfers too! I'm really impressed with the details FW have provided on them throughout the range.

Looking forward to seeing more!

 

Thank-you!  More on the way very soon.  


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Great stuff! Really like the colour scheme, the pale grey is very foreboding!

 

I would really like to see your HQ's coming through! 


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Deep within the lower chambers of The Fang, the forge fires burn hot.  It is here that the blacksmiths and artisans create ornate armor and weapons for the warriors of the Vlka Fenryka.  These particular shoulder pads will adorn future wolves as I get them finished.
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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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Hey Morngrym, your Wolves look exactly like I'd always pictured The Rout. Been trying to build a space wolves army for over a decade, gone through several poor attempts because I can't find a colour scheme I like. Doesn't help that I'm colour blind. But your colours seem perfect. Any chance you could share the recipe for the grey? Thanks, and keep up the good work.

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Hey Morngrym, your Wolves look exactly like I'd always pictured The Rout. Been trying to build a space wolves army for over a decade, gone through several poor attempts because I can't find a colour scheme I like. Doesn't help that I'm colour blind. But your colours seem perfect. Any chance you could share the recipe for the grey? Thanks, and keep up the good work.

 

Hey Tristan, sure I'm happy to share.
This is a fairly easy process.  I like to keep things simple so I can have consistancy with the colors over long periods of time as it is fairly common for me to work on other projects in between. (which will also be posted here occasionally).
 
So, this part is for the body only.
The shoulder pads and heads are done separately (i.e. not on the model) and applied at the end.
 
Steps:
- Prime in Chaos Black
- Prime in grey (any mid-tone grey primer will do for this step).
   
- Wash entire model in Nuln oil (full, not duluted).
 
- Drybrush Dawnstone once - twice may be needed as this is a heavy drybrush.
- Line work in recessed areas with Vallejo grey-black 70.862.  Citadel Eshin Grey also works for this step.
- Dawnstone for highlights on raised areas.
 
That's it for the main body.
 
Other colors for the accessories are as follows:
Brown packs and parts = Mournfang Brown with Agrax wash. Edges in Steel Legion Drab.
Gold = Retributor Gold – with multiple Nuln black washes.
Silver = Ledbelcher.  Highlights in Stormhost Silver.  Washed in Nuln oil.
 
And that does it!  Good luck with your work.
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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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We are the wolf that stalks
The stars in the sky
And swallows the star-fire
We hide amongst the night
When light is gone
The Light is within us
We run the ruin of Fire
In the darkness
Foes burn in our passing
 
- Battle Litany of the Space Wolves

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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.

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The grey hynter seen earlier in this thread is finally finished!
 
 
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"We have no room for hope. We plan and we act. Hope is for dreamers and poets. We have our will and our weapons, and we shall dictate our own fate."

 
— Lord Corax, Primarch of the Legio Astartes Raven Guard.
 
My Instagram - More of my 30K work, along with other random things can be found here.





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